Makeup Wars – Makeup Storage – How I Store My Pretties

This week the Makeup Wars Bloggers are sharing with you our makeup storage solutions. Mind you most of you probably don’t need the kind of excessive storage we do but hopefully you will find some storage tips to make your life a little easier! I really would like to show you my storage in use. Unfortunately it is a complete and utter disaster at the moment. I have totally outgrown my current organization system and need to rearrange and regroup. I wish I was able to do that prior to this post but it just didn’t happen. I will show you pics after I have found a new system!


My makeup/vanity area is actually part of my office/workspace. It only made sense for me to combine the two since my makeup became my work. This is how I made it happen:

  • Ikea LINNMON/ADILS Table – I wanted the longest and cheapest desk I could find and at $59 CAD this 78 3/4×23 5/8″ setup was perfect. The left side has my computer and the right my makeup storage. There is a centre area that is left open in front of a window for makeup application in natural light.
  • Ikea ALEX 6 Drawer Unit on Casters – This 26 3/8×26″ drawer unit slides perfectly under the far right side of my desk. It has 3 more shallow drawers and 3 deeper ones. I wish the shallow ones were just a touch deeper because unfortunately I can’t store many of my Chanel, Dior, and other compacts on their sides as I’d like to conserve space. I found a great deal on some fabric covered drawer organizers at Winners/HomeSense that are great for sorting the products inside.
  • Pampered Chef Tool Turnabout – This thing is the most kick ass brush storage ever. It is divided into sections and tiered for optimum organization. Love it!
  • e.l.f. Studio Large Brush Holder – This would make great brush storage as well but I actually use it to store my eyeliners and mascaras.
  • Recollections Craft Storage 3 Drawer Organizer – I bought two of these on sale at Michaels and thought they were going to be the best thing ever for storing smaller makeup items like eye primer, shadow pencils, gel liners etc. While the size of the very shallow drawers is amazing the drawers actually just sit on top of each other. They don’t have any sort of system for sliding so they just drag on each other and are very difficult to open. I only ended up setting up one unit. Maybe I should grease the top of the draws and see if they slide better.
Check out the makeup storage of the other Makeup Wars members by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  • Phyrra
    September 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I love that we both have the elf brush organizers. I use them for brushes and liners.

  • Gouldylox
    September 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Wow. I have such envy!! I need a makeover!

  • Beautiful Makeup Search
    September 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I like that table – going to add that to my lists of musts for the new office.

  • marciaf
    September 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I’m glad you said that the Michael’s organizers aren’t easy to use or I’d have gone and bought some. I need something in my closet to organize things I want to keep but that I’m not using.

  • jbrobeck
    September 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I want that Pampered Chef thingymabob!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    September 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I wonder how mad my hubby would be if I took the tools out of our PC tool caddy and put makeup brushes in it… hmmmm

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty
    September 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I used to have an elf brush holder just like that but mine fell apart. The spinning caddy looks perfect for brushes! Great system! 🙂

  • 15 Minute Beauty
    September 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I was all excited about your little drawers until you said they’re just sitting on top of each other. Doh!

  • cindyprimebeauty
    September 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I love that the drawer unit fits under the desk!

  • Arathael
    September 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Maybe some very thin felt stick on thingies between the drawers would make them glide on each other better? Worked for bottom drawer of my “melmer”…

  • Lisa Adams
    June 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Okay I just checked out the other bloggers on the beauty warss and your set up wins hangs down!


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